UN System in Zambia

The United Nations System consists of the United Nations, its subsidiary organs (including the separately-administered funds and programmes), the specialized agencies, and affiliated organizations. The executive heads of some of the United Nations System organizations and the World Trade Organization, which is not formally part of the UN System have seats on the UN System Chief Executives' Board for Coordination (CEB).This body, chaired by the Secretary-General of the UN, meets twice a year to coordinate the work of the organizations of the United Nations System.

The UN Country Team in Zambia, under the Delivering as One approach, supports development operations in the country through the activities of UN System agencies represented on the ground. The UN Country Team comprises: 11 Resident UN Funds, Programmes and Specialised Agencies, 12 Non-Resident Agencies (NRAs) and International Financial Institutions, including the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The UN system disbursed USD 109 million (excluding the World Bank, IMF) in 2012.

UN Zambia Management Structures

The Management and Accountability Framework for DaO in Zambia outlines agreed roles and responsibilities of the management structures established by the UNCT in Zambia.  The UNCT has adopted a Code of Conduct. The principles of interaction outlined in the Code of Conduct apply to all UN Staff members in Zambia. The UNCT meets on a monthly basis and the meeting focuses on substantive strategic discussions on development issues as well as the UN’s internal matters. As a vehicle for moving towards DaO, and in order to ensure effective implementation of the UN Development Assistance Framework and related joint programmes, the UNCT has established management structures (inter-agency groups) with specific deliverables and inter-agency accountabilities.

The UN Resident Coordinator (RC) is responsible for coordination of the UN Country Team in strategy, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of development programmes contained in the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

The Resident Coordinator represents the UN system as a whole, but wears ‘two hats’ in the sense that she is also the UNDP Resident Representative. The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) facilitates and coordinates the work towards achieving agreed UNCT results. This includes UN inter-agency coordination and performance management under the UNDAF and joint programmes and supporting common UN platforms for policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, communication and advocacy. The RCO also supports UN engagement on the national aid effectiveness agenda and promotes UN system wide collaboration with relevant state, non-state actors, and cooperating partners.


United Nations in Zambia Code of Conduct.pdf435.78 KB
Management and Accountability Framework For Delivering as One in Zambia.pdf987.7 KB
UN Country Team Members216.64 KB